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Manroland 706 from Molloy Graphic Machiery

Bobst Novacur 106 from Icon

Polar Cutter from Solutions Graphique

A Heidelberg CD 102-5 from Bischoff Druck

Overview of the used machinery market – this is what you are looking for

John Roadnight, May 2018

As a seller of used machinery for many years, though in the long-distant past, I am always interested to see what used machines the graphic arts market is looking for, and how that changes over time.  The pressXchange analytics give us a unique insight into what our users are looking for, and with 50,000 visits and nearly 250,000 searches per month we are confident that this is a true reflection of the equipment the printing industry and you, our members, are keen to buy.

We send stats on this to our advertisers every month, but have not as yet made it available to our users as we don’t want to influence their buying decisions of used equipment.  Here, though, is a sneak preview into the buying intentions of probably the largest print community in the world.

Sheetfed presses attract most searches, with used Heidelberg presses dominating the list.  The Speedmaster CD 102 range attracts a lot of demand, with used five colour CD 102-5 in first place and CD 102-6 six colour presses in first and fourth places, accounting together for nearly 21% of all sheetfed searches.  Four colour SM 52-4 and SM 74-4 are in second and third place, both attracting around 10% of enquiries.  The eight colour Speedmaster SM 102-8 gets 5.3%, with 2 and 5 colour classic SM 102s some way behind, showing how more recent models have whittled away at their popularity.

The most popular non-Heidelberg presses are used six colour Komori Lithrone presses, the LS 640, L 640 and GL 640 with 5.6% of enquiries; five colour Lithrone LS 540, L 540 and GL 540 attract less than half the searches at 2.6% - a reversal of the demand for Heidelberg B1 presses.  Manroland 700 presses – the R 706 and R 705 – also make the top 20, along with the KBA Rapida 105-5.

Used B1 or 40” presses are the most popular, with 52.4% of searches, with B2 or 28” presses at 23.3% and B3 at 21.0% of our top-20 sheetfed searches.  Your most popular searches are for five colour presses – 36.4%, followed by four colours at 30% and used six colour presses at 16%.  Long perfectors make up 7.5% of searches done.

Used Polar guillotines attract most searches in the postpress/bindery and finishing section with 31.6% of all the searches done.  After them but some way behind with 11.0% come used Muller Martini saddlestitchers, with Horizon Perfect binders surprisingly (to me!) high with 7.7%, compared to Muller Martini perfect binding lines at 5.0% and Wohlenberg at 1.7%.  Used Heidelberg Stahlfolders and Stahl folding machines together bring 11.0% of searches, with MBO folders at 5.7%. 

Our stats lump all other equipment together, so trends are more difficult to spot.  Used Bobst die cutters account for 17.2% of searches, with used HP (Hewlett Packard) digital presses at number two with 11.5%.  Computer to plate systems are well up there, with 7.5% for used Heidelberg CTP, 6.0% for used Kodak and 4.6% for Screen CTP systems.




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